2016 marked the end of one of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded. It triggered unprecedented floods in South America. Northern Europe witnessed heavy flooding as well. But all of that was to change several months later as the planet experienced the hottest August on record. Extreme droughts in several regions sparked massive wildfires. The high surface temperature of the oceans fueled severe storms in the Atlantic and the pacific. We can predict those storms, but we still can't foresee one of the planets most lethal natural disasters…Earthquakes.